Kate & Allie

Kate & Allie

To explore the many issues that come from being a single mother, CBS put two of them together in the same household in the 80s series, Kate & Allie. Cast in the lead roles were two women with extensive television experience - Susan Saint James (McMillan and Wife) and Jane Curtin (Saturday Night Live). The resulting chemistry between the two veterans proved to be quite the recipe for success. Continue reading...

Foul Play

Foul Play

While most films can be conveniently boxed up into a single genre, the very best - the most enduring and endearing - are those that seem to combine the very best of many. An "E Pluribus Unum" sort of storytelling philosophy, if you will. The 1978 movie Foul Play fit the criteria of not-quite-fitting-in perfectly. Continue reading...

Kites

Kites

Since days of yore when men made gods of celestial bodies and idols of envied birds, the sky has held a particular fascination. The obsession with flight is ageless, captivating the old and enthralling the young. Without regard to race, religion, or gender, the heavens call to our imaginations. And from this fancy comes the delight of the kite. Continue reading...

Bermuda Shorts

Bermuda Shorts

It's the classic summer fashion, one that manages to make you look and feel cool at the same time. Bermuda Shorts were born from necessity rather than style, but the look spread across the globe as soon as 50s tourists got a gander of the colorful cutoffs and they are still being worn to this day. Continue reading...

Charleston Chew

Charleston Chew

If they could name a candy bar after a baseball legend, why not a dance craze? That's precisely what happened in the early 20s, when The Charleston began sweeping the country. Today, few still perform these historic dance moves, but many still delight in taking a bite out of a Charleston Chew. Continue reading...

CBS Storybreak

CBS Storybreak

Children's literacy got some televised attention in the 80s, thanks to the popular PBS series, Reading Rainbow. Not to be outdone, CBS rolled out their own book-based Saturday morning series. CBS Storybreak offered animated versions of popular literature hosted by a familiar face to every young television fan of the era, Captain Kangaroo. Continue reading...

Stripes

Stripes

Take a group of SCTV alumni, dress them in Army fatigues, add a grizzled Drill Instructor, some mud-wrestling and one heavily-armed recreational vehicle and you have Stripes. Released in 1983, this military-based comedy had all the ingredients needed to achieve a resounding victory at the box office. Continue reading...

Carvel

Carvel

If you are one of those people that prefers your ice cream on the softer side, you can give a tip of the hat to a man named Tom Carvel. He began selling his soft-serve concoction to New Yorkers in the 1930s and today, there are over 500 Carvel Ice Cream stores across the country, each a welcome sight on a sweltering summer day - which is where the whole story begins. Continue reading...